Mongar covers an area of 1,954 sq km, with a population of about 38,000 with an elevation ranging from 400m to 4,000m and is a town situated in Eastern Bhutan. Mongar offers the spectacular landscapes with stark cliffs and deep gorges set surrounded by dense conifer forests. The weavers and textiles and fabrics products of Mongar are considered some of the best in the country. The road approaching Mongar passes over sheer cliffs and through beautiful fir forests and green pastures and is one of the most breathtaking journeys in the country. Mongar is the fastest developing district in eastern Bhutan which consists of a regional hospital and various economic activities are being carried out in the district. Mongar is also famous for lemon grass, a plant that can be used to produce essential oil.
Mongar town is situated atop a hill and is considered as the main trade and travel hub of Eastern Bhutan. The restaurants in the Mongar town offer a decent variety of Bhutanese and Indian cuisine. Mongar houses a beautiful clock tower and a large prayer wheel which serves as a place of gathering of friends. The main street in Mongar is lined with traditionally painted stone buildings and wooden facades and verandas.
Mongar Dzong is located on a small gently sloping area just above the town, unlike the earlier dzongs, that are located in strategic positions. A visit to Mongar Dzong demonstrates how traditional Bhutanese architecture has continued to thrive through the centuries.
Zhongar Dzong is located on a hilltop overlooking the village of Themnangbi and is visible as one descends to Lingmenthang from highway. The dzong was constructed in 17th century and is believed to have been built as a site where the master architect Zow Balop saw a white bowl. The sightseeing of the ruins provides you a sense of medieval Bhutanese administration.
Aja Ney is the sacred site of the Mongar which attracts pilgrims from all over the Bhutan. It consist of a rock which bears 100 renditions of the sacred syllable “Aa”, is said to have been discovered by Guru Padmasambhava and is located at an altitude or more than 3,400 meters and falls under Ngatsang geog.
Yagang Lhakhang was built in 16th century by Sangdag, the youngest son of Tertoen Pema Lingpa and is located in a small village next to the town. Yagang Lhakhang was built after the Kupijigtsam Lhakhang in Yangneer village in Trashigang. It is among the religious sites and plays important role in religious life of the people.
Dramitse Lhakhang is the popular religious sites which was built in the 16th century by Ani Cheten Zangmo, the daughter of the Terton Pema Lingpa. The Lhakhang created the popular dance called the Dramitse Ngacham or the “Dance of the Drums of Dramitse” and is the popular dance performed at all major festivals.